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Before Dawn
Movie: Before Dawn(1933)[tt0023790] Joe Valerie stashed a million dollars in gold from a robbery 15 years earlier. Now that he lay dying a painful death, he trades the location of the money to Dr. Cornelius for a shot to end his suffering. When Mrs. Marble reads about the death of Joe, she wants to spend the money, but the ghost of Joe causes her to fall down the stairs ending her life. When the police show up, they are not sure if it is murder of not, so they enlist Dr. Cornelius and clairvoyant Patricia to help solve the case. But everyone, except Mattie and Patricia, is looking for the loot and not the ghost of Joe Valerie. Written byTony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>
Title Before Dawn
Release Date 4 August 1933 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Drama, Mystery
Production Companies RKO Radio Pictures
Stuart Erwin
Stuart Erwin...
Dwight Wilson...
Dorothy Wilson
Dorothy Wilson...
Patricia...
Warner Oland
Warner Oland...
Dr. Paul Cornelius...
Dudley Digges
Dudley Digges...
Horace Merrick...
Gertrude Hoffman
Gertrude Hoffman...
Mattie (as Gertr...
Oscar Apfel
Oscar Apfel...
O'Hara...
Frank Reicher
Frank Reicher...
Joe Valerie...
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell...
Mrs. Marble...

Reviews

utgard14 on 9 May 2014
A pretty clairvoyant (Dorothy Wilson), her greedy father (Dudley Digges), a shady doctor (Warner Oland), and a detective (Stuart Erwin) all look for hidden gold in a haunted house. Nice little old dark house mystery with good direction from Irving Pichel. Dorothy Wilson isn't well known today but she impresses in this role. I'm not sure why she didn't have a bigger career. She's certainly talented enough and beautiful, too. Speaking of people not well-known, Stuart Erwin had a career that last five decades but most people wouldn't know him from Adam today. He was always a solid actor, usually in comedies. But here he shows he can handle being the leading man. He was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar a few years later but didn't win. Warner Oland takes time off from being Charlie Chan to be a bespectacled villain here. He's always good. Character actor Dudley Digges is reliable as ever. Jane Darwell has a brief bit but she's good. Gertrude Hoffman is great, too. Wait until you see her final scene. Overall, a solid cast and nice direction elevates a somewhat flimsy story. Very interesting for the time in that it treats psychic phenomena as real.

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